One of the beautiful things about learning how to scrapbook is that the sky is the limit. You can purchase patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers and other cute supplies from a store, or you can take creativity one step further and use items from around the house or you could even create a digital scrapbook and download free paper designs to create them!
Does this raise your curiosity? Here are some fun ideas for supplies that you most likely have in your kitchen, closet and garage!
SUPPLIES BREWING IN THE KITCHEN
Chances are that you have several things in the kitchen that can easily be used for projects as you learn how to scrap book. For instance:
Old recipe cards – Old hand written recipe cards add a special touch to scrapbook pages that are about cooking, family reunions or a family tree. You can even create a recipe scrapbook!
Brown paper bags – Cut paper bags along the seams and use them as the background for some of your scrapbook pages. The brown paper can also be used for framing photos on a page.
Decorative paper plates – Turn your leftover paper plates into fun easy embellishments. Cut out the designs and adhere them onto a page. Add little sequins for texture.
Tea bags – Brew a tea bag and let the bag dry for about a half hour. Then carefully press the bag in random spots on your scrapbook page. It will give a vintage appeal to the page.
Sunflower seeds – Sunflower, flax and other seeds can be used to provide texture to a page. Adhere them in groups of three in a few spots on a scrapbook page.
SUPPLIES TUCKED AWAY IN THE CLOSET
Have you been holding onto a favourite blouse, sweater or a special pillow case that your aunt made for you? As you’re learning how to scrapbook, these items are perfect for embellishing your scrapbook pages. Here’s how:
Buttons – Do you have a container of buttons that are just too cute to toss away? Buttons add a great touch as you scrapbook cards or calendars.
Felt – Turn the felt from an old purse or sweater into flowers. Because felt is thin and lightweight, it works well for scrapbook pages, cards and most any project.
Embroidered art – That embroidered pillow case that you’ve held onto for years is a true work of art. Cut a section of the art and either hem the sides or edge with a neutral ribbon. Use the piece in a scrapbooking project that you’re making for a family member. This will certainly become a cherished memento.
Suede – Turn that suede shirt that you can’t seem to part with into the cover of a photo album. Take a binder that you’re no longing using, add the suede and you have the start of a great scrapbook album.
Cloth belt – Old cloth belts can be cut and used as borders for scrapbook pages. They also work well for making personalized bookmarkers for friends.
SUPPLIES READILY AVAILABLE FROM THE GARAGE
Miscellaneous hardware, paint and such are destined to be used for scrapbook projects.
Chances are the toolbox has some odd pieces of hardware that would appreciate being put to use. There’s also a possibility that you have leftover paint sitting around as well. Put these items to use as you experience how to scrap book:
Brass fasteners – Using brass fasteners to add a die-cut to a scrapbook page makes the die-cut stand out more. Be sure to add the fastener before you do the background of the backside of the scrapbook page. Because there will be a bump on the backside, you’ll want to cover it up with some sort of embellishment.
Little hinges – Little hinges make amazing cards or covers to small booklets. Hinge a special picture or even a small ornament.
Copper wire – Want to create a unique border? Try using copper wire. Bend the wire some so that it has a wavy appearance. You can also use the wire to create a letter of the alphabet and use it on the front of a scrapbook album.
Nails – For a confetti look, pour a small amount of nail polish into a disposable bowl. Dip the head of different size nails into the polish and then quickly dap onto your scrapbook page. By using different size nails you don’t have to be concerned about all the circles being the same size if you dab too hard or too little.
Paint – The use of paint is endless. Splatter paint onto a page for a special effect. Paint frames for your photos or even flowers cut out of cardboard.
In addition to the kitchen, closet and garage, check your junk drawer and storage room for potential supplies. Items, such as old jewellery, gloves, magazines, confetti, old letters or cards, gift wrap and ribbon can be incorporated into your projects as you endeavour into the world of how to scrapbook!
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